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Ansbacher, H.L. Ansbacher, R.R. Shiverick, D. Shiverick, K. (1966). Lee Harvey Oswald: An Adlerian Interpretation. Psychoanal. Rev., 53C(3):55-66.

(1966). Psychoanalytic Review, 53C(3):55-66

Lee Harvey Oswald: An Adlerian Interpretation

Heinz L. Ansbacher, Rowena R. Ansbacher, David Shiverick and Kathleen Shiverick

This paper is essentially an Adlerian reply to the brief interpretation of the case of Lee Harvey Oswald presented in this Journal by Joseph Katz5 We shall accept, as did Katz, that Oswald indeed assassinated President Kennedy.

Katz starts by making some observations to the importance of which we can agree. He notes that Oswald was the youngest and probably the most indulged son, and that his mother was vain and self-centered. At the time of the assassination she was estranged from her entire family, yet she seemed “to bask in the light of the nefarious publicity which has been heaped upon her” (p. 123). And in her vociferously loyal defense of her son she actually protests “that she did nothing terrible in bringing up her son” (p. 123).

But our way parts from that of Katz when he makes his main point in what he calls “speculation on Oswald's unconscious.”

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